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Man who fired shots at White House jailed for 25 years

Published on Apr 1, 2014 6:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A man who opened fire on the White House with an assault rifle after telling friends he was on a mission from God to kill United States (US) President Barack Obama was jailed for 25 years on Monday.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez drove more than 3,200km to the US capital from his home in Idaho to carry out his November 2011 attack.

Prosecutors said he fired at least eight rounds at the White House after telling friends he was "on a mission from God to take out" Mr Obama.

Mr Obama and his family were not staying at the White House at the time, and no one was injured in the incident.

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